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Mesa Cafe & Bar

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1972 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-1504
+1 805-966-5303
06:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 17:00
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Ventura, California
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I gave Mesa cafe a high rating because of the staff. The food was good but, I was most impressed with the staff.

Thank mikekennedyauthor
South Windsor, Connecticut
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131 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here with the family after Christmas for breakfast. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Food quality was good and portion sizes more than adequate. Wait staff very friendly

Thank Eric H
Thousand Oaks, California
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50 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here for breakfast on Sunday morning. I asked the server if the pancakes with bananas had bananas cooked inside or if they were just plain pancakes with bananas on top. She said, "I think they're cooked inside". I ordered them despite the outrageous price for a short stack. The arrived with a banana cut up on top. When... More 

Thank swimmer1960
Santa Barbara, CA
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56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

I love the Mesa Café for breakfast and went there today with four friends. The food is always good and the staff super friendly. It's like eating in your own kitchen, except in my case the food tastes better! For Lunch, I have the Yater sandwich--always delicious. For dinner, I also love the Straw & Hay, which is Linguini and... More 

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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

I have been to the Mesa Cafe many times this past year. I tried a dish that was so delicious on one of my first visits that I order it almost every time I go for dinner now. It is the sizzling 1/2 chicken. It comes to your table actually still sizzling on the hot plate. The grilled vegetables and... More 

Thank Linda E
Nashville, Tennessee
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

I'm not a local, but you can definitely tell most of the people who come here are. The mid-range priced food is good (the house-made salsa is exceptional), the service is caring and friendly. The attitude is relaxed. They've also got a nice outdoor dining area that fills up quickly on the weekends. I like the Mesa Cafe best for... More 

Thank Sabine F
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38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

We've been going to Mesa Cafe for decades. The food is always good for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The staff are friendly and attentive. They recently redecorated the restaurant with nice new booths, however they repainted all the walls a very drab cream color. Reminds us of a hospital. The place is too sterile looking without a splash of color... More 

Thank Yellowsubmawing
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62 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

For Sunday brunch we all enjoyed a Mimosa cocktail with my husband ordering the homemade beef hash which looked like it was made from some type of pot roast instead of corned beef that he thought was so-so. My sister had the Chicken Tostada that she said was very good and her husband had the Chile Verde Omelette that he... More 

Thank SLOFoodie398
El Cajon, California
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104 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Great food, I had the crab cakes and bacon wrapped shrimp and a Bloody Mary. Great combination. I have been here many times during my life always tasty and good

Thank Bradnvicki
Batticaloa, Sri Lanka
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61 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

A lot of people really like this place; I must have gone on a bad day. I ordered the corned beef hash and eggs and, unfortunately, it has was not actual hash. More like a bit of shredded corned beef. No potatoes, no onions, nothing else. I have to say i was disappointed. Service and prices were perfectly fine.

Thank Hastwokitties

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Mexican
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:00 - 17:00
06:00 - 17:00
06:00 - 17:00
06:00 - 17:00
06:00 - 17:00
06:00 - 17:00
06:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1972 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-1504
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-966-5303

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?